By Lee Nyberg of Home Care Assistance of Nebraska
The human body is 60% water! Without water, your body would stop working properly. Water makes up more than half of your body weight and a person can’t survive for more than a few days without it. Why? Your body has lots of important jobs and it needs water to do many of them. For instance, you blood, which contains a lot of water, carries oxygen to all the cells of your body. Without oxygen, those tiny cells would die and your body would stop working.
Seniors are especially vulnerable to dehydration due to age-related changes in their systems and medication which can either cause or magnify the effects of dehydration. Adequate senior care can help avoid dehydration by helping to monitor their fluid intake.
Here’s what you can do to keep hydrated during the summer months:
- Stay hydrated by consuming plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Popsicles, sorbets and gelatin desserts are great sources of fluid.
- Add lemon or lime to hot or cold water to give it a refreshing taste.
- Use club soda or seltzer water with fruit juices to dilute their concentration and add a little sparkle.
- Make “mocktails” by blending tea, water or lemonade with lightly carbonated flavored water, sparkling apple or grape juice.
- Consider non-alcoholic cocktails like pina coladas, fruit-flavored daiquiris, sparkling cider punch, sangria sippers and hot apple toddies.
- Decaf iced coffee and tea are another refreshing beverage option for keeping you cool.
The bottom line: if you’re a senior caregiver, check with a doctor first to understand possible medication issues, and if approved, offer hydration as often as possible.
Based on an article sent to me by Tammy LeFlore.